Whether you are job seeking or have been headhunted, you are in a unique position to find out if a workplace is the right fit. This includes checking whether a company truly cares about diversity, equity and inclusivity. An inclusive workplace can look different for everyone. Here’s our three tips on how to make sure your potential employer goes further than just ticking boxes.
1. Ask The Right Questions
Typically, a recruiter should be able to answer most questions you have. They work with the same companies over time and should know their processes and culture well. Think about what’s important to you and pick a few key questions to ask. It is always a good idea to follow any phone calls with more detailed questions over email.
Here are a few questions to get you started:
- Do you take on school leavers and/or graduates as part of your talent pool development?
- What maternity/paternity cover is offered?
- If you are applying for a remote role, how does the company support inclusivity?
You can usually find published information on gender pay gaps; companies will be proud of what they offer
Look at the company’s recruitment strategy too. Are they asking for specific age, location and education information or are they taking steps to eliminate unconscious bias in recruitment?
2. Be Specific About Your Needs
While you don’t need to bare all on your CV, or divulge personal information in your interview if you aren’t comfortable, it is important to express your needs to assess whether a company is ready to accommodate you. Consider talking to your recruiter if you are uncomfortable discussing anything at interview.
3. Make Connections
Check Facebook and LinkedIn for any groups or connections you can reach out to prior to any interview. People who currently work at the company or have previously worked at the company will be able to provide you with different insights into the working culture. They might also be able to offer you helpful advice for your interview.
Prepare some questions to ask and be candid, you want to find out information from behind the scenes. Try these examples as a jumping off point:
- What do you like/dislike about working at the company. (If they no longer work there, you can ask why they left if it is relevant.)
- How would you describe the company culture?
- How would you describe the work environment?
- What if any activities outside of work do you attend?
The answers to these questions can help give you more of a feel for day-to day life at the company and how deeply DE&I strategies are implemented.
Company Culture: Trust Your Gut
What a company has published online, both on their website and social media provides key information on their DE&I policies. But it is important to dig a little deeper. You need to make a judgement on whether it feels authentic or not. Does it make clear, measurable commitments and report on progress? Check out sites such as LinkedIn and Glassdoor for more information on company structure and any potential red flags. Twitter and industry news sites can provide more relevant information on potential employers. Are senior executives leading conversations?
Your instincts are usually right. so, don’t forget to ask, express, and do your research!
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